Create a transparent T-shirt effect in Photoshop

In this lesson, the author will show us how to create the effect of a transparent T-shirt.

In order to accomplish this lesson, you need to understand how to work with layers, layer masks, and selection elements. The author performed this lesson in the Adobe Photoshop CC version, but you can use any of the program versions.

So let’s go!

Step 1

To create this effect, you can use any model with a white T-shirt, without a picture. This is necessary, since we will use the blend mode Multyply (Multiplication).

Create a new document. (2000x1500px). As a background, the author suggests using landscape photography, since the effect will be seen much better in landscape photography. Use one of the suggested in the list of sources and transfer to our document. Call it Bg.

Transfer the photo with the model to our document and name the layer Man.

Using familiar selection tools (the author used the tool MagicWandTool (Magic Wand)) with the parameter Tolerance (Tolerance) – 5px, select the model, invert the selection (Ctrl + I) and apply LayerMask (Layer mask). To edit the selection, use the function RefineMask (Refine Mask) (right click on the layer mask). Use sliders Smooth (Smoothing), Feather (Feathering), Contrast (Contrast), ShiftEdge (Change edge) to achieve the best effect, with settings as in the screenshot.

Step 2

Now let’s separate the T-shirt from the model and transfer it to a new layer.

To highlight T-shirts, the author uses the tool. Quick Selection Tool (Quick selection), and at the end of the selection, the author includes a mode QuickMask (Quick mask).

It is very likely that the selection will be performed poorly, so you can modify poorly selected areas with a black brush in QuickMask (Quick mask) (Q). If suddenly you selected an extra area, you can remove it with a white hard brush. Switch between the brush colors (white / black) using the key X.

After you have selected the T-shirt, select any selection tool, for example RectangularMarqueeTool (Rectangular area), right-click on the selection and select Layerviacut (Cut to a new layer) or just Shift + Ctrl + J. So, if you turn off the layer with a t-shirt, it will not be visible. Everything will remain except the body.

Step 3

Now you need to give the shirt a little contrast. Change the blending mode, the t-shirt layer, to Multiply (Multiplication). Call it t-shirt. Make a copy of it (Ctrl+J) and name tshirtshadow. So, the T-shirt will become transparent and we will see the background that was hidden behind it. But that is not all! Turn off layer visibility tshirtshadow.

Next, apply an adjustment layer. Levels (Levels) for a layer t-shirt with ClippingMask (Clipping mask)

And also for a copy of the layer (also with ClippingMask (Clipping mask)) with settings as in the screenshot.

Step 4

Now, just need to lower Opacity (Opacity) copy layer with a t-shirt up nineteen% and immediately create a copy of this layer with Opacity (Opacity) – 34%.

Combine 2 copies of a layer in a group (Ctrl + G).

Also, to help you attached the order of the layers, for better orientation.

If you want to apply some other background, just drag the photo you like into our document. For example, like here:

Also, an image with a flowing fabric is attached to the lesson, which you can also use, following the same image editing technique. Result on the screenshot:

The order of the layers is shown in the screenshot. And also, do not forget about the use of the main blend mode, in this lesson Multyply (Multiplication).

Thus, you can get a variety of images, whether landscape or other plan, which will be depicted on flowing fabric. To make the image more realistic, you can use the tool Warp (Warp) (Ctrl + T – Warp) distorting the image as you like.

For even more creativity, you can use the tool PuppetWarp (Puppet Warp). For more information on this tool, you can by example of this lesson.

Hope you enjoyed the lesson.

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